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A Cottagers Contemplation - Striking gold

Who will fill McCormack's boots? Woodrow, Smith or someone new? 

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With the season only a few weeks old, it may be a slightly premature in predicting Fulham's season ambitions; but the team's current run of three wins and two draws out of five has left the fans in good hopes for the season ahead.

This article will feature the games against Newcastle, Leyton Orient and Preston in which Smith or Woodrow contributed to the scoring.

Fulham v Newcastle United - Matt Smith starts

With the season opener at Craven Cottage against Newcastle Matt Smith was Slav's option up top. Most fans had no quarrels with this decision as it was foreseen that this game would be a physical affair and that Smith was the suitable choice.

The decision looked to pay off as the towering forward opened his tally for the season just before half time. He had a few half chances throughout the game and created opportunities for teammates.

Before being substituted for Christensen to see off the game against the ‘‘Champions elect’’. A decent performance by Smith in one of the season's toughest games.

Leyton Orient v Fulham - Cauley Woodrow starts

The next game up for Fulham was away at Leyton Orient in the cup. Cauley Woodrow started as the main striker along with some of the club's youngsters.

The England U21 international gave the supporters a glimpse of his potential. Woodrow’s first goal saw him keep his composure after battling with the opposition defender, then calmly slotting past the keeper.

Later in the match Woodrow latched onto a laid off free kick, as he dispatched a right foot rocket from around 30 yards.

Although the team looked to be doing a ‘Fulham’ and letting a lead slip away, the youngsters looked full of promise with the majority of the plaudits going to Cauley Woodrow.

Preston North End v Fulham - Matt Smith starts

In the third match of the season, saw the Cottagers travel north to The Deepdale to face Preston North End.

After a rather convincing attacking display by the young Cottagers in the cup midweek. Questions were raised whether Woodrow would keep his place or if Matt Smith would be reinstated. Ultimately the manager opted with the latter.

The striker had a decent game, with a few missed chances and a goal disallowed early. Smith’s efforts eventually paid off as he finally found the net for his second goal in consecutive league games.

Fulham v Cardiff City - Woodrow starts

A recurring theme of rotation seems to be occuring this season, with Cauley Woodrow getting the nod ahead of Matt Smith for this game.

Jokanovic’s decision saw Fulham start with tenacity and Woodrow brought a pressing playing style.

The 21 year old received the ball in the box with his back to goal, but seemingly rushed his chance as it blazed over the bar.

Matt Smith replaced Woodrow just after the hour mark in hope to continue with his fine start to the season.

The forward had a rather subdued 30 minutes with a typical perfomance, creating knock downs for team mates.

It may be an unfair assessment on Smith, due to only having half the playing time of Woodrow but Cauley contributed more for the side on this occasion.

The Verdict

Both Individuals bring varying style of plays and with it positives and negatives.

This is a pinnacle season for both players, Smith and Woodrow both have a point to prove and it's time for them to find the inspiring form that could essentially save their careers.

Matt Smith stands at a hefty 6’6 and brings physicality with his playing style. Slavisa Jokanovic can adjust his tactics as the forward boast a strong ariel presence.

At 27 years old and with McCormack & Dembele no longer at the club. Smith has the chance to capitalise on his early season form. But can he finally secure his position in the first team? Personally I think Smith will be an adequate addition for squad rotation.

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At the age of 21, if Cauley Woodrow is to propel into future world class status this is his season to prove his worth.

The youngster’s potential keeps the Fulham fans in good faith but if he doesn't achieve success this season then he could find himself falling into football league abyss.

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The verdict for me is; New signing

I am a huge fan of both Matt Smith and Cauley Woodrow but if the club are to continue with their successful start to the campaign, I feel that we will benefit from a proven goal scorer to achieve any lofty ambitions.

Who you like to see starting up top this season?

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